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SENSUM An Ambient Environment For Mindfulness Practices

Karimi, Mahsa (2018) SENSUM An Ambient Environment For Mindfulness Practices. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Karimi, Mahsa
Abstract:

The reality of today’s fast-paced environment has created emotional challenges for everyone. In order for us to overcome these emotions, we might require to look within ourselves. This thesis project uses methodologies such as “Research through Design” (RtD) to investigate and reflect on the application of Ambiguity in Design, Color Therapy and “Calm Technology” to address the impacts of daily life challenges. This thesis project introduces an ambient environment to its users, encouraging them to disconnect from their busy daily activities and focus on themselves for a short period of time at the end of a busy day. The prototype of this thesis project, Sensum Light, incorporates a set of tangible products including a stationary object that is to stay at the user’s home as well as a mobile piece that is carried by the user throughout the day. Sensum Light aims to inspire users with their emotional well-being. In this document, I describe and reflect on the process of making and testing Sensum Light.

Date: April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mindfulness, Calm Technology, Mood Elevation, Self-Help, Mental Health, Digital Technology, Inclusive Design, Human Centered Design, Meditation, Self Awareness, Light Therapy, Ambient Environment.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 14:44
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2261

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